Obviously the big thing in September was Ellie’s birth – and the rest of the month was spent pretty much waiting/preparing for her and then recovering and adjusting. Hannah came to visit from Dubai, Ezra surprised us by being able to come home sooner than expected, and then my mom and Candace came at the end of the month.
best of online// ISIS is killing us because we are not Muslim // What I Want My Kids to Know on September 11 // childbirth through the decades // musicians’ hierarchy of needs // courting and dating are both flawed // 4 things we need to say when marriage is hard // prolife but not a stereotype // postpartum healthcare: a tale of two births (totally agree with this. We have been blessed with good support in the community and even medically with both births, but both times we have been to the doctor too many times in the early days and that should change) // some thoughts on helping others // this video on Bach is very cool // classical music mashup // why you should stop using homemade laundry detergent (oops) // infant passport photo tutorial // using a ringsling with a newborn // why you feel busy all the time // state of theology in the US
reading of late// Little Dorrit (Dickens) // The Legacy of Sovereign Joy (Piper) // Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands (Tripp) //
thinking about// lots of prayer and learning to trust God this month especially before Hannah and Ezra were both in town! // some thoughts from Valley of Vision: “My sin is to fear what never will be.” “Death destroys me, but my great High Priest stands in its waters/ And will open me a passage and beyond it is a better country” // 1 John and loving the brethren – physical needs (meals), monetary needs (giving), spiritual needs (daily personal ministry – Tripp’s book Instruments in the Redeemers Hands) // Daniel – the importance of giving God honor and glory and thanks, and His control in the rise and fall of nations
what brings joy// the biggest thing this month that brought so much joy is Ellie and all the answered prayers surrounding her and her birth!
The Munchkins// Ellie has gained almost a pound since birth (2 weeks ago), nurses beautifully, and sleeps as well as you can expect a newborn to! We are thankful.
S continues to talk more and it’s so much fun to watch her love on Ellie and interact with visitors. She LOVED having Hannah (Ha) stay with us and also loves having Candace and my mom here. She is so social!
writing// I started work on Javi’s Cafe but didn’t get very far before Ellie was born